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CRN North East and North Cumbria Frequently Asked Questions - Targeting Health Needs 2022 Funding Call


CRN Funding Call to meet local priority health needs: Guidance 2022/23

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can the bid be for equipment and software licences?

A: Unfortunately the Targeting Health Needs awards are not for equipment and software licences.

Q: Can the bid include consultant time?

A: No, you cannot include consultant time to deliver research (e.g. patient consent and recruitment) in your bid; however, it is possible to include funding for protected time where a consultant is the Chief Investigator developing a research idea and submission to the NIHR Portfolio is planned.

Q: Can the bid be for funding for publication?

A: No, bids cannot be for funding publication costs; however, under certain circumstances and where there is a clear benefit, the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria may support publication costs through other means (where available). Please speak to your point of contact if you are looking to bid for this form of funding

Q: My work is within a specialty or discipline not covered by the priority areas; can I still apply?

A: Speak with your point of contact; there may be more appropriate funding streams available or they may be able to help put you in touch with contacts working within the priority areas to enable joint bids.

Q: If my application is successful, will my research be automatically eligible for the NIHR Portfolio?

A: No, your project will need to meet the NIHR eligibility criteria. More details of which studies are eligible for the Portfolio can be found on the NIHR website.

Q: Is this funding available to universities?

A: Yes, if the project supports the development of research that addresses the unmet health needs of local populations within at least one specialty area including primary care, public health and social care.

Q: Is there other funding available? 

A: Yes, NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria has frequent funding calls: 

Funding opportunityCall out
Contingency fund May 2022
Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs) July 2022
Greenshoots September 2022
Research Delivery Awards (RDAs) October 2022
Targeting Health Needs November 2022

Please contact for further information.